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The Migraine Brain : Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health - Carolyn Bernstein

The Migraine Brain

Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health

Paperback Published: 14th July 2009
ISBN: 9781416547693
Number Of Pages: 368

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You know that your migraine isn't just a headache. But you may not know that migraine actually is a neurological disease. Affecting one in five women, one in twenty men, and one in twenty children, it's a debilitating, complex, and chronic condition that manifests in a combination of symptoms that can include excruciating head pain as well as other distinctive physical and emotional effects. Yet it's also a disease that you can get control of, improve, and manage, as Dr. Carolyn Bernstein has discovered in her seventeen years as a Harvard Medical School faculty member and practicing neurologist.

Praised for her excellence and compassion, the founder of the Women's Headache Center near Boston, and a migraine sufferer herself, Dr. Bernstein has helped hundreds of her patients get better. Now, with The Migraine Brain, the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book on migraines ever written, you will be able to do the same -- reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraines, learn how to prevent and curtail them and how to recover from them more quickly, and mitigate migraine's effects on every aspect of your life: in the workplace and at home and during sex and travel. Every migraine is different because everyone who gets a migraine has a distinctive "Migraine Brain" with its own sensitivities and triggers. That's why it's so important for you to develop a personalized wellness plan to radically reduce the number and severity of your migraines.

Dr. Bernstein also explains why migraines happen, why they are so often misdiagnosed, and why so few people get the right treatment for them. She reveals the latest research that shows that Migraine Brains share a hypersensitivity to stimuli -- the Migraine Brain can actually look different from others on a brain scan -- and is more likely to experience a cascade of neurological reactions that give rise to the common clusters of migraine symptoms. This breakthrough medical knowledge makes treatment and recovery possible with new migraine-specific drugs as well as with complementary treatments such as yoga, biofeedback, and an exercise regimen.

With the extraordinarily thorough recommendations of The Migraine Brain in your hands, you will be fully equipped with all the latest information you need to understand migraines and to help your family and co-workers understand that migraine isn't just a headache: it's a serious, yet treatable disease.

Industry Reviews

"Bernstein approaches the reader as she might patients -- creatively, scientifically, and sympathetically -- offering a range of tactics and treatments to help migraine sufferers control and mitigate their pain." -- Publishers Weekly "This up-to-date book will be a highly valued guide...[Bernstein's] credentials make her an empathetic authority. [E]mpowering." -- Library Journal "The Migraine Brain is a godsend. As a former migraine sufferer, I wish I'd had this book years ago!" -- Christiane Northrup, M.D. "As a family doctor, I welcome this wonderful book, which can help patients reduce the impact of migraine on their lives. The Migraine Brain explains the subject well and makes understandable a complex condition. It is comprehensive and filled with practical tips for feeling better." -- Erica Swegler, M.D., 2006 Texas Family Physician of the Year "At last! The Migraine Brain offers real hope, help, and compassion to migraine sufferers everywhere." -- Pauline W. Chen, M.D., author of Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality "The Migraine Brain is the most complete and up-to-date resource and is a must for all migraine sufferers and anyone who lives with them. It is thorough, easy to understand, and well organized. The ultimate migraine resource." -- Nieca Goldberg, M.D., author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health "Dr. Bernstein's program has helped hundreds of her patients master migraines, and her book can help you, too." -- Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of You: Staying Young and You: On a Diet

Introduction-"I'd Rather Die Than Get Another Migraine"p. 1
Migraine Quizp. 7
Is Yours a Migraine?p. 13
The Migraine Checklistp. 21
Or...Is It a Tension Headache?p. 27
Mixed Headachesp. 28
Sinus Headache-Migraine in Disguise?p. 29
Other Kinds of Headachesp. 32
Kinds of Migrainep. 34
When to Call a Doctor-Beware of Changep. 37
The Migraine Brain: How It's Different-and What That Means for Youp. 40
Cortical Spreading Depression-the New Science of Migrainep. 41
Questions for the Doctorp. 45
The Trigeminal Nervep. 46
Migraine and Seizurep. 48
The Genetic Linkp. 49
The Heart-Migraine Connection: "PFO"p. 49
Your Migraine Brain May Change Over Timep. 50
What Migraine Is Notp. 51
A Strange, Fascinating Diseasep. 52
Migraine Lore, Famous Migraineurs, and Morep. 54
The Four Stages of a Migrainep. 58
The Four Stagesp. 59
Prodromep. 60
Aura-Visual and Other Changesp. 62
The Main Migraine or Pain Phasep. 66
Postdrome, or the Migraine Hangoverp. 69
Building Your Migraine Profilep. 70
Your Migraine Triggersp. 73
What's Your List of Triggers?p. 73
The Headache Diaryp. 77
How to Avoid Your Triggersp. 80
My Personal Top Ten Migraine Triggersp. 97
Female Hormones and Migraines Through the Life Cyclep. 101
The Role of Female Hormonesp. 102
Are Your Migraines Related to Menstruation?p. 105
Migraines During Your Life Cyclep. 115
Planning for Pregnancyp. 115
Pregnancyp. 116
Perimenopausep. 122
Menopausep. 123
Men's Migrainesp. 124
Important News for Men with Migrainep. 129
Men: Taking Care of Your Healthp. 134
Measuring Your Migraine: The Best Self-Testsp. 139
Your Migraine Toolboxp. 141
How to Find the Right Doctorp. 145
What Kind of Doctor Should You Choose?p. 148
How to Find a Headache Specialistp. 149
If You Can't Find a Headache Specialistp. 151
The Frist Appointmentp. 152
Medicines That Workp. 160
A Variety of Migraine Medicationsp. 161
Prevent, Abort, Rescue-the Three Types of Drugsp. 161
Preventive Drugsp. 162
Abortive Drugsp. 171
Rescue Drugsp. 176
Over-the-Counter Drugsp. 177
Surgery and Other Optionsp. 181
When You Have to Go to the Emergency Roomp. 183
How to Make Your ER Visit Successful-A Signed Doctor's Formp. 187
What to Take with You to ER-Your ER Kitp. 188
If You Are Admitted to the Hospitalp. 189
Recovering from Migrainep. 190
In-Patient Treatment for Migrainep. 192
Complementary and Alternative Treatmentsp. 193
Biofeedbackp. 198
Other Relaxation Techniquesp. 200
Acupuncturep. 201
Yogap. 204
Meditationp. 206
Massagep. 208
Ice Massagep. 209
Magnesiump. 209
Riboflavin, Coenzyme Q10p. 210
Herbs and Herbal Supplementsp. 210
Energy Healingp. 213
Your Personal Wellness Plan
Introductionp. 215
Eight Steps to Wellness for Your Migraine Brainp. 218
Exercise, Sleep, Nutrition, Relaxationp. 219
Exercisep. 219
Sleepp. 229
Healthy Eatingp. 236
Relaxation and Stress Reductionp. 242
Family Home, Sex, Mental Healthp. 246
Living with a Migraineurp. 247
How to Make Your Home Migraine-Freep. 254
Sex and Migrainesp. 259
Mental Health and Migrainep. 261
Migraines, Work, and Travelp. 273
Workp. 273
Travelp. 284
Migraine Makeover: Creating Your Own Personal Migraine Planp. 295
Migraine Makeover: My Personal Treatment Planp. 310
Appendixp. 319
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9781416547693
ISBN-10: 141654769X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 14th July 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32

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